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Emergency Dental Remedies For a Toothache

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Sharp, throbbing discomfort and exceedingly painful toothaches can introduce themselves without any warning. The cause of a toothache can be diverse, but the eventual therapy for a toothache is typically the same: go to an emergency dentist. Most home emergency dental therapies may help in getting rid of toothache pain, but will not solve the cause of the toothache.

Toothache pain usually conveys itself with symptoms that include:

  • A throbbing pain which can either be sporadic or constant.
  • An increase in the level of dental pain when eating, chewing or drinking cold or hot fluids.
  • Intensified pain while lying down or moving the head.

Toothaches can be the consequence of many different reasons that include:

  • Dental tooth decay
  • Infection around the tooth or gum
  • Food debris stuck between the teeth or gums
  • Traumatic force to the face, teeth and other dental structures
  • A sinus infection (sinusitis) can give the symptoms of a toothache particularly in the upper teeth that are close to the sinus

Alleviating an emergency toothache and a kid friendly dentist when it occurs can be difficult to achieve but there are several things that you can do to help ease the pain of even the severest toothache. Prior to seeing an emergency dentist, you can try the following:

  1. First, take three pills of Ibuprofen at 200 mg so that the total equals 600mg. You are able to take 600mg of Ibuprofen every 4-6 hours. This works to help the pain as well as the swelling.
  2. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
  3. Use dental floss between the teeth to remove any trapped food debris.
  4. Soak a cotton ball with alcohol such as whiskey and apply this saturated cotton ball directly on the tooth that is causing the discomfort.

Kid friendly dentist - Maintain it there until all the whiskey has drained out

  1. Mash up a clove of fresh garlic and place this within a piece of gauze. Compress the gauze until you feel the garlic oils extruding out. Apply the gauze with garlic directly on the tooth that is causing pain for 5-10 minutes. Remove and discard the garlic, repeat this again after one hour.
  2. Apply an over-the-counter topical anesthetic containing benzocaine (such as orajel) immediately on the irritated tooth and gum to temporarily relieve the discomfort. Do not put aspirin or other painkillers directly against the tooth, as it will burn your gums and cheek.
  3. Call an emergency dental clinic and inform them of your situation. Try to set up a dental appointment as soon as possible.

What to do when faced with an emergency

There are several things you can do to deal with problems before you visit dental clinics.The following is a summary of some tips for handling urgent situations:

  • Broken or chipped teeth: Ensure that you save any pieces of the tooth. Rinse out your mouth with warm water to remove all debris from your mouth. This will help you avoid swallowing any pieces. Apply a piece of gauze to the area until the bleeding stops. If there is swelling, use a cold press on the outside of the mouth to keep the swelling down.
  • Cracked or lost filling: Chew on sugarless gum and stick it in the cavity or crack.
  • Fallen crowns: Retrieve the fallen crown and ensure that you carry it with you when you visit the emergency dentist. If you're experiencing pain, apply clove oil with a cotton swab to the sensitive area. Avoid using superglue to reattach the crown.
  • Toothache: Use pain relief medicines such as aspirin to help with the pain. Rinse your mouth with warm water and brush or floss your teeth to remove any food particles that may be stuck between your teeth. Use a cold press on the outside of your mouth if your gum is swollen.
  • Broken wires or braces: Broken wires or braces can result in injury to your gum, tongue or cheek. Push the wire into a position that will provide greater comfort for you. You can use the eraser end of a pencil for this. You can also apply a cotton ball or piece of gauze over the wire if you can't reposition the wire.
  • Infections or abscesses: An abscess is an infection that occurs at the base of the tooth around the root. It results in damage to the tissues around the teeth. The infection can easily spread to other parts of the body if not dealt with properly. Rinse your mouth with warm salty water several times a day.

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